Date: 14th June 2019 at 5:01pm
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A load of Newcastle supporters have been reacting on social media after Italian newspaper Il Messaggero suggested SS Lazio will ramp up their efforts to sign Jamaal Lascelles.

The Rome-based publication had suggested earlier in the week that I Biancocelesti’s Sporting Director Igil Tare had identified our captain as a potential target for his summer spending, having scouted the Premier League for young defenders who would improve Simone Inzaghi’s squad.

Arsenal’s Callum Chambers was also thought to have emerged on his shortlist, with both valued at €14million (£12.4m), but it has become clear that it is not the Englishman who he favours.

Il Messaggero shared on Thursday that Tare is ‘especially’ interested in Lascelles, and could use Jordan Lukaku to sweeten the deal, given our interest in the Belgian left-back in January and intent to strengthen the position this summer.

Lukaku, brother to Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, had even flown to the United Kingdom to carry out a medical with us in the winter, which he reportedly failed.

Reports in Italy at the time suggested the deal collapsed over the 24-year-old’s wage demands, but the Chronicle poured cold on those in the days after the deal collapsed.

So given what happened in January, and the reasons why a move for the 8-cap former international fell apart, it’s no wonder the Newcastle fanbase have reacted in the way they have…

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